Slow Down to What Is

Most always we rush through our lives, never paying proper attention to our thoughts and beliefs.  Sadly, we find ourselves tired and irritable at the end of the day.  If we’ll slow down a little, we can become aware of these thoughts before they take root in our minds and potentially ruin our lives.

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In Freedom from the Known, J. Krishnamurti brings to light an example of such a wrong working of the mind, which, when left unseen, prevents us from being light and free.

“Demand is born out of duality:  ‘I am unhappy and I must be happy’.  In that very demand that I must be happy is unhappiness.  When one makes an effort to be good, in that very goodness is its opposite, evil.  Everything affirmed contains its own opposite, and effort to overcome strengthens that against which it strives.  When you demand an experience of truth or reality, that very demand is born out of your discontent with what is and therefore the demand creates the opposite.  And in the opposite there is what has been.  So one must be free of this incessant demand, otherwise there will be no end to the corridor of duality.  This means knowing yourself so completely that the mind is no longer seeking.”

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Inner Life Exercise

Make it a daily aim to slow down a little in everything you do.  Notice how uncomfortable this is at first, yet how conscious you are of your inner workings.   As you continue with this exercise you’ll see that living life aware and relaxed is your natural birthright.

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2 Comments

  1. Steven Hunter on October 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Slowing down is a great tool to see unconscious thoughts that are passing through your mind.

  2. Lisa on October 13, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Here is a really nice passage from K I just received in my email box: Is it possible not to record that hurt at the moment when I am called an idiot? Is it possible not to record at all, not only the hurt but flattery? Is it possible not to record either? The brain has been trained to record, for in that record there is safety, security, a sense of vitality; in that recording the mind creates the image about oneself. And that image will constantly get hurt. Is it possible to live without a single image about yourself, or about your husband, wife, children, firm, or about the politicians, the priests, or about the ideal—not a single shadow of an image? It is possible, and if it is not found you will always be getting hurt, always living in a pattern in which there is no freedom. When you give complete attention there is no recording. It is only when there is inattention that you record. That is: you flatter me; I like it; the liking at that moment is inattention, therefore recording takes place. But if when you flatter me I listen to it completely without any reaction, then there is no centre which records. – Krishnamurti, Questions and Answers, pp 54-55

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